Category: Art & Life

Ashenafi EndaleApril 15, 2018


Alemayehu Gelagay’s books are known for highlighting the least visible members of society: the poor, the elderly, criminals; lifestyles he himself witnessed growing up. Now, with the release of his book “Meleyayet Mot New,” Alemayehu is turning his attention to the national level, encouraging people to look to what unites them, instead of what divides. EBR’s Ashenafi Endale sat down with the author to discuss his views on art, life, and unity.

Meseret MamoMarch 15, 2018


The victory at Adwa is an important achievement that represents Ethiopian unity. However, the virtues that historic battle — unity, freedom, equality and justice — seem to be eroding. Guzo Adwa is trying to reinvigorate the Ethiopian public through an annual journey to the battle site. EBR’s adjunct writer, Meseret Mamo explores how the annual trip inspires Ethiopian youth to learn from the heroes of Adwa.

Meseret MamoFebruary 1, 2018


Ethiopia has a long tradition of creating artistic works that critique society and politics. One such artistic work currently on stage, is Festalen, widely known among the public after the character–Eyayu Fungus. The one-man-show has been wowing audiences since its debut in 2014. EBR’s adjunct writer Meseret Mamo attended the show at the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences on December 16.

Hiwot SelalewDecember 1, 2017


A marching band constitutes a group of musicians that perform while marching. It is common to see March bands adding the element of entertainment in different occasions. Most marching bands have attractive uniforms often of a military style. Instrument typically incorporated in a marching band includes brass, woodwind and percussion. In Ethiopia, marching bands have a history of more than 75 years.. The Defense and Federal Police March bands are the most known in the country. EBR’s Hiwot Selalew consulted professionals and documents to offer this report.



Known as one of the pioneer female painters in Ethiopia, Desta Hagos has been an inspiration to many young women with the desire to pursue their dream of becoming artists. She fell in love with painting and drawing at a very young age. At the age of 18 she became the first female visual arts student to graduate from the then Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts and Design. Taught and mentored under the famous Gebre-Kristos Desta, she has over the years earned a name as one of the most distinguished painters in Ethiopian history. She has more than 50 solo and group exhibitions and numerous honors and recognitions. EBR’s Hiwot Selalew talked to Desta about her life and career.

Selam MussieAugust 15, 2013


Have you ever wondered if Ethiopian music albums are sold in the international market, where foreigners purchase them for a high price? If you are still wondering, this piece of article about the Ethiopiques series is for you.

The Ethiopiques series was started in 1997 by Francis Falceto under the Paris-based music label Buda Musique. At the beginning, it featured Amharic songs that were released during the 1960s and 70s. The first volume was released in 1998 under the title “The Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music” which featured various artists. Among the many prominent artists featured in different Ethiopiques volumes, Mahmoud Ahmed (featured 5 times), Mulatu Astatke, Alemayehu Eshete, Asnaketch Worku, Getachew Mekurya and Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Gebrou are some of them. Eventually, the record started to feature songs besides Amharic ones such as Konso and Oromiffa.

Selam MussieAugust 15, 2013


The first time I heard about apartheid was back in elementary school in my history class when we were learning about African Colonization History. All we learned in class was more of a three-act story; how South Africa failed under the bores, how apartheid slowly and brutally diffused and in the end how South Africa was freed. On top of that, we were thought about the great leader Nelson Mandela and how he stayed in prison for more than 27 years fighting for his people’s freedom.

Selam MussieJuly 15, 2013


“A Long Way Gone” is a memoir of Sierra Leonean Ishmael Beah, published in 2007. It tells the intriguing story of the author’s journey, from a humble citizen and a boy solider to a rehabilitated adult, through the dark days of Sierra Leone when the decade long civil war tore the country.

Selam MussieJuly 15, 2013


Around 80 years ago, Ras Teferi visited an Armenian Monastery in Jerusalem and met 40 orphans who had escaped the genocidal atrocities they were subjected to in Turkey. Ras Tefari, who had a magnificent knack for art, obtained permission from the Armenian Patriarch to bring them all to Ethiopia. Then the “Arba Lijoch” (The 40 Orphans) became the Nation’s first official orchestra under Kevork Nalbandian who was Narses Nalbandian’s uncle.

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